15 Health Benefits of Low-Carb & Ketogenic Diets (I Love No. 9)

6. Shed Excess Water Weight

Let’s talk about water weight. We have all heard that we carry extra baggage around in the form of stored water, especially if we are dehydrated. Is this the reason that the scale sometimes reads a few pounds higher than you expect it to?

Water weight is a confusing topic because there are two forms it can take:

  • Bloating, which is sporadic and temporary
  • Chronic water retention, which is a long-term condition resulting from kidney or hormones malfunctioning

Your kidney is involved with both types of water weight. Your kidney is responsible for deciding whether to hold onto the water or flush it out. So you want your kidney to be functioning at its best.

There is an important relationship between your kidneys, sodium, and insulin.

Sometimes when you have a salty meal, your kidneys will decide to hold onto more water to dilute the sodium content. This is why you get temporary bloating.

Insulin plays a key role in blood pressure and nutrient reabsorption.

You need your insulin levels to be healthy for your kidney to properly regulate your salt and water levels (37, 38).

In other words, when your insulin levels are properly regulated, your kidney function improves.

With the kidney performing more efficiently, your body retains water for a briefer period of time.

This prevents bloating and may also prevent chronic water retention.

The result is that you can shed more of your excess water weight, dropping a few pounds.

As previously discussed, low-carb diets are excellent for regulating your insulin levels (39, 40, 41, 42, 43).

This means that low-carb diets are perfect for shedding excess water weight.
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